Facebook upgrades Messenger for Apple's iOS with new chat UI


Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) released a revamped version of its Messenger for iOS standalone messaging app, introducing a retooled chat user interface as well as support for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) new iPhone 5 and updated iOS 6 operating system.

Facebook Messenger for iOS 2.0's new conversation view presents chat activity in bubbles similar to those integrated into Apple's own iMessage. The app also enables users to swipe their finger to determine which of their contacts are currently available, a feature first unveiled in Messenger for Android 2.0, which Facebook introduced late last month. The Facebook for iOS refresh also brings improved speed and reliability as well as multiple bug fixes.

Facebook Messenger for iOS 2.0 follows less than a month after Facebook rolled out an updated version of its iOS social networking app, opting for a fully native experience instead of embedded HTML5. Last week, the social network also released version 3.1 of its iOS software development kit, adding support for the Facebook platform's deep integration into iOS 6.

Facebook now boasts 955 million monthly active users worldwide, and 59 percent of that audience accesses the platform via mobile device. In addition, the number of Facebook users who accessed the site exclusively via mobile increased to 102 million in the second quarter, a 23 percent quarter-over-quarter leap.

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